Narcotics Anonymous, An Organization of the 12 Step Program

Knoxville, TN (PressExposure) May 21, 2009 -- One of the most popular drug rehab programs used today is the 12 Step Program originally proposed by Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) as a method of recovery from alcoholism. Today, different adult and adolescent drug rehab across the US have already employed such method to cure not only alcoholism but also drug addiction. One of the most popular group today built upon this method is Narcotics Anonymous (NA).

An Organization Built From the 12 Step Program

Narcotics Anonymous is a twelve-step program of recovery from drug addiction, modeled on Alcoholics Anonymous. It describes itself as a nonprofit "fellowship or society of men and women for whom drugs had become a major problem", and it is the second-largest 12-step adult and adolescent drug rehab or organization. As of 2007 there were more than 43,900 NA meetings in 127 countries. The program is group-oriented, and is based on the Twelve Steps and the Twelve Traditions, adapted from AA.

The Program

Regular meetings, hosted by N.A. groups, are the basic units of the N.A. Fellowship. Meetings are held in a variety of places such as church meeting rooms, libraries, hospitals, community centers, parks, or any other place that can accommodate a meeting. Members who attend the same meeting on a regular basis to establish a recovery network and reliable routine understand this to be their "Home Group". Group members are able to participate in the group's business, and play an important role in deciding how the group's meetings should be conducted. There are two basic types of meetings:

* Open. Everyone is welcome to attend.

* Close. Limited to addicts and to people who think they may have a problem with drugs.

Many meetings held by this adult and adolescent drug rehab or organization also include an "open sharing" component, where anyone attending has the opportunity to share. There is usually no direct feedback during the sharing, thus only one person ever speaks at any given time during this portion of the meeting. Some groups choose to host a single speaker (such meetings are usually denoted "speaker meetings") to share for the majority of the meeting time.

Other meeting formats include round robin (sharing goes around in a circle or each speaker picks the next person to share). Some meetings focus on reading, writing, and/or sharing about one of the Twelve Steps or some other portion of N.A. literature. Some meetings are "common needs" meetings, supporting a particular group of people based on gender, age, language or other characteristics. These meetings are not exclusionary, as any addict is welcome at any N.A. meeting. NA Communities will often make an effort to have an open meeting run at the same time for members who don't identify with the common needs meeting.

About Self-employed

Donna Sparks is a Professor and a Consultant Physician. Other than her clinical and local teaching commitments, she also continues to enjoy the privileges of research, writing and lecturing.

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